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Dashboard Repairs

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Accidents happen to the interior as well as the exterior of our vehicles. Most damage to dashboards or interior trims can easily be repaired thus eradicating the need to replace the item.

 

If any part of the interior trim is scratched, cracked or damaged, then it is highly likely that it can be repaired rather than replaced.

 

Unsightly phone installation holes in dashboards or glue marks where a drinks holder was added can be made to disappear by filling, replicating the original texture, re-colouring and blending in the affected area.

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Telephone Hole Repair - Examples 1 and 2

These dashboards had previously been fitted with carphone systems resulting in damage left behind by the brackets.

The first task, as always, was to level the damaged area. In these instances the indentations left by the brackets meant that there was some additional work required prior to filling. (trade secret, sorry !!) 

Having removed the indentation I filled the remaning damage with a flexible compound and then sanded it down. Having smooth
ed the compound I replicated the textured pattern, in this case by using a mould and imprinting the texture. This gave a similar effect that existed within this dashboard. The only thing remaining was to paint the area to match the rest of the dashboard.

There are standard aerosol colours that are on the market but I always mix the colour by eye and adjust as necessary when spraying. In my 17 years of experience I have found this to be the only way of matching the colour exactly.

Each of these repairs cost £ 50 . 

Telephone Hole Repair Before and After - Volvo

Telephone Hole Repair Before and After - Ford

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Door Trim Hole Repair - Example2

This owner of this Vauxhall was about to advertise the car for sale but was concerned that the damage to the interior door trim was going to put people off. The cause of the damage was unknown, the most common cause is where a seat belt gets trapped between the door and the body and damages the soft vinyl.
The repair process was similar to the dashboard above but as this was a soft vinyl, as opposed to hard plastic, the compound filler had to be even more flexible.
The cost was the same as above ie £ 50 .  

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vinyl door trim damage - after repair

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Dashboard Hole Repair - Example 3

This dashboard is on a Ford Escort which had previously had a telephone bracket screwed into it. When removed, there were 2 holes left which the customer wanted me to repair. I quoted him £ 50 .
 
The first task, as always, was to level the damage and fill with a durable but flexible compound. It is imperative that the compound is flexible as even hard plastic will expand and contract with temperature variations. ( ie Summer and Winter )
Having smoothed the compound I replicated the textured pattern, in this case by using a spray on texture. This gave a similar effect that existed within this dashboard. The only thing remaining was to paint the area to match the rest of the dashboard.
There are standard aerosol colours that are on the market but I always mix the colour by eye and adjust as necessary when spraying. In my 17 years of experience I have found this to be the only way of matching the colour exactly.

Dashboard Telephone Hole - Before Repair
Dashboard Telephone Hole - After Repair

Sorry about the standard of the photo's here, they were taken prior to the digital age.

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Tel : 01202 416757  Mobile : 07774 967950
Please note : I only operate in the BH postcode areas of Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch.

Areas covered - Boscombe , Bournemouth ,  Branksome ,  Broadstone ,  Burton , Canford Cliffs , Christchurch , Ensbury Park , Ferndown , Highcliffe , Longham , New Milton , Merley , Mudeford , Parkstone , Parley , Poole , Redhill , Ringwood , Southbourne , Verwood , Westbourne , West Moors , Wimborne .

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